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Historic and contemporary lesbian poets who wrote of love, laughter and living.
Lambda has announced its finalists for all manner of writing awards. And Love is in the air for poets, especially lesbian poets. For a list of the winners in all categories, see the announcement as published in the Washington Post. The poets represented are not your normal every day poets. These poets hold awards and […]
I wanted a special kind of lesbian love poem. I wanted poems that weren’t pornographic, yet still captured the joy and beauty of romance. I wanted poems with … the memories … the fantasies … the hopes and dreams … all of it. A muse came and sat on my shoulder, and so we began. […]
ohmygoodness. How can I deal with a possible lesbian love poet, one who has literally rooms full of manuscripts and thousands of letters and slews of poems? It gets even harder when the poet has been an internationally recognized Pulitzer Prize winner, and crowned one of the most astonishing poets of the 20th century. Most […]
There is no question that Elizabeth Bishop was a great poet, and a lesbian. The hard part is putting “Love” into the equation. Bishop certainly had all the qualifications for being considered a Great Poet: The 1956 Pulitzer Prize for “Poems: North and South/ A Cold Spring” 1970 National Book Award for “Complete Poems” Harvard […]
Emily Dickinson truly came alive. As my fingertips touched the creases of the envelope in the image, the soul of this incomparable lesbian love poet shot magical currents through my whole body. I don’t ever recall getting a physical reaction to a book like I had with “Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings”. But it was […]
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I see the colors and lines of Amy Lowell’s love poems, and hear their rhythms too. For she was one of the foremost Imagist poets of the early 20th century. These were poets who captured a moment, a thought, a glance, and set it down in words. Lowell’s exquisite poems sometimes captured the ecstasy of […]
Sarah Orne Jewett wrote stories for a living, but truly was a poet at heart. Her stories were criticized as being too sweet, too shallow, too domestic. Yet, it was just those qualities that made her a good poet. (I hesitate to call her “great”, but she was “good”.) The Lesbian Question for Sarah Orne […]
Just as lesbians Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas had their sophisticated salon, so too did Annie Adams Fields and Sarah Orne Jewett. Both Fields and Jewett were lovely ladies, well educated in the classics and literature. If anything, Fields was the better educated and, in many respects, the better poet. Fields did not, however, […]
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was so much more than a lesbian love poet. She was an incomparable member of the intelligentsia of early 18th century Mexico. She held a salon at her convent, attracting writers and philosophers from all over the western world. She was a child prodigy with words and Catholic liturgy. […]
She died much too young, this poet, this lesbian, this dramatist, this icon of early 20th century intelligentsia. At 58 years old she was discovered in her home alone, dead from a heart attack. My candle burns at both ends, It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends, It […]
Audre Lorde would be the first to tell us that she was all of her components: black, lesbian, poet, writer, activist, organizer, educator, as well as a wife, mother, sister and friend. She is also one of the prominent women of the 2oth century who helped define women’s sensuality. Lorde once unabashedly declared that “We’re […]
When I discovered that Gertrude Stein, that incredible lesbian writer, poet, and librettist, bought slews of art at Vollard’s gallery in Paris, I felt such a connection. I actually have a piece from Vollard’s gallery. Mine is but a litho, and Stein’s pieces were no doubt original oils, but still I felt this odd connection. […]
I can understand why it is questioned that Emily Dickinson was a true lesbian love poet. After all, soon after her death (and even during her life time), editors messed up her poems ridiculously. For example, They changed pronouns from “she” to “he”; They changed punctuation, and capitalization, often altering the meaning of a poem; […]